Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Chris continues to be a solid Category 2 late Wednesday morning after rapidly intensifying last night.

Chris will move very slowly toward the northeast today, but will soon pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday and track away from the area.

Hurricane Chris, a category 2 storm now, was churning away from the Mid-Atlantic coast on Tuesday and isn't expected to make landfall in the mainland US, the National Hurricane Center said.

On Friday Beryl became the first hurricane of this Atlantic season before weakening. Atlantic Canada residents are being warned these conditions could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The north and southwest Avalon Peninsula are forecast to get between 40 and 70 millimetres of rain, with the heaviest rainfall coming Thursday afternoon and evening.

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The second hurricane of the 2018 season has quickly strengthened into a Category 2 storm that is moving away from the USA but making a bee-line toward Canada and, eventually, Iceland.

The BWS said Chris was “unlikely to have significant impact on the island, with moderate to strong winds and swells of up to 9ft expected as it passes”.

"Based on current forecasts we do not expect the storm to affect our offshore operations", a BP spokeswoman said.

Hurricane force winds extended 15 miles from the center while tropical storm force winds extended outwards up to 90 miles.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said Storm Chris "will influence the weather" in the United Kingdom but stopped short of giving an accurate forecast as it is "still developing".

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